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Cucumber

ABOUT THE PRODUCT 

Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a widely-cultivated creeping vine plant in the Cucurbitaceae gourd family that bears cucumiform fruits, which are used as vegetables. 

 

NUTRITIONAL FACTS 

one 142-g cup of unpaired, raw, chopped cucumber contains the following nutrients: 

water: 137 g 

calories: 17 

protein: 0.8 g 

fat: 0.2 g 

carbohydrate: 3.1 g, including 2.0 g of sugar 

fiber: 1.0 g 

calcium: 19.9 g 

iron: 0.3 mg 

magnesium: 17 mg 

phosphorus: 29.8 mg 

potassium: 193 mg 

sodium: 2.8 mg 

vitamin C: 4.5 mg 

folate: 19.9 mcg 

beta carotene: 44 mcg 

lutein + zeaxanthin 22.7 mcg 

Cucumber also contains a range of B vitamins, vitamin A, and antioxidants, including a type known as lignans. 

 

BENEFITS 

Cucumbers are 95 percent water, according to Ware. This makes cucumbers a great way to stay hydrated, especially during the summer. A cup of cucumber slices is nearly as thirst quenching as a glass of water. 

 

STORAGE & USES 

Ideal storage condition for cucumber is 50 to 54°F with RH >95%. Cucumbers are chilling sensitive; chilling injury can develop if fruit is stored below 50°F for more than 2 or 3 days. Storage temperature above 59°F can lead to rapid fruit yellowing and loss of quality. 

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